Sesuit Harbor Zoning – Uses

As we think about carving out a new zoning district for Sesuit Harbor, the first two things we need to decide are, what uses do we want in the district? And, what level of permitting do we want to put into place.

Looking at the West Dennis Mixed Use Marine District, we find that we have defined the following uses for a marine zoning district:

Permitted Uses
• Boat and Marine Equipment Sales, Service and Rentals
• Boat Maintenance;
• Moorage,
• Storage, and Related Facilities including rack storage
• Boat Rental Operations,
• Charters
• Water Taxis
• Piers and Walkways 
• Tour boat
• Marinas
• Meeting Rooms and Convention Facilities
• Yacht Clubs 
•  Restaurants
• Recreational Equipment Sales and Rentals
• Retail Stores
• Tourist Facilities such as Museums, Aquariums and other similar attractions

Building off of this, I would like to start the discussion with the following potential uses for debate:

(1) Commercial marina to include the berthing, building, sale, rental, storage and repair of boats for commercial, recreational or private use.
(2) Storage of boats on racks subject to the following provisions:
(a)  There shall be no more than 30 boats stored on racks between June 15 through Sept. 15.
(b)  There shall be no launching or hauling of boats stored on racks for seasonal use before 8:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m.; and
(c)  Any process by which seasonally used boats are launched and hauled, such as but not limited to by forklift or crane, shall be undertaken in a manner in which to minimize noise.
(3)  Installation and maintenance of docks, piers, ramps, floats and moorings.
(4) Retail sale of marine fishing and boating supplies, marine electronics, marine motors and marine communication equipment associated with the direct operations of a marina.
(5)  Retail sale of fishing bait, fish and shellfish.
(6) Commercial fishing, not including commercial canning or processing of fish.
(7) Whale-watching facility.
(8)  Tour Boats or other boats designed for the use as a function facility.
(9) Commercial (for hire) recreational boating.
(10) Private, non-commercial, recreational boating.
(11) Private club, provided that the private club is oriented towards water-dependent uses and facilities such as a boating club, yacht club, fishing club, and related activities.  
(12) Retail sale of fuel to marine vessels only.
(13) Aquaculture and shellfish propagation.  
(14)  Restaurant associated with the direct operation of a marina provided that, said restaurant facilities shall not: include formula based businesses as defined by the Dennis Zoning By-law. displace or significantly disrupt an existing water-dependent use with a non-water-dependent use; locate a non-water-dependent use on shorefront land so as to unreasonably diminish the capacity of the site to accommodate water-dependent use; or impede or infringe upon existing public access.
(15) Retail sale of marine-related equipment, sporting-goods-type clothing, marine-related decorative goods and furnishings, associated with the direct operations of a marina and as an accessory use to principal permitted use. Provided that, said retail facilities shall not: include formula based businesses as defined by the Dennis Zoning By-law. displace or significantly disrupt an existing water-dependent use with a non-water-dependent use; locate a non-water-dependent use on shorefront land so as to unreasonably diminish the capacity of the site to accommodate water-dependent use; or impede or infringe upon existing public access.
(16) Water Taxis
(17)  Personal watercraft rental

We need to decide which of these uses are appropriate for Sesuit Harbor. We will also need to figure the finer details, such as, for storage is it ground level? Rack storage? If so, double? Triple? Is on-season rack storage appropriate? Many questions to work out.

For permitting, do we allow the uses strictly by-right, limiting Planning Board involvement as we currently do? Or, do we subject all uses to Site Plan Review? Still an allowed use, but at least allowing conditions to be established by a board. Or, do we establish most uses as only allowed by Special Permit? This giving the Planning Board the ability to deny applications.

Your thoughts?

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